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Shutter Speed Photography Assignment

Essay - How Photography Connects Us

Watch the video and then write 3 paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to explain one example of how you have felt a connection with a photograph.

​Faces in Places

What is due? 10 photos.
Objective: This exercise is to help you see the world a little differently and to also help you to pay attention to details around you.

You need to photograph 10 different faces in places. These need to be naturally occurring in architecture, objects, clothing, or nature. Look at big things or look at really small things. Look at things sideways or upside down to try and find awesome faces.


Face Swap

What is due? 1 photo.
Objective: Learn how to use the selection tools, eraser tool, move tool, and the layers panel.

You will need to take one photo that has two people in it. Pose the people so their faces are facing the same direction. Remove glasses and move any long hair off of the face. This is often entertaining if the people are making faces and if you have a male and female as your subjects.
Photoshop Instructions
  1. Open the photo in Photoshop.
  2. Use the Lasso Tool to select around one of the heads.
  3. Right click on the photo and choose "Layer via Copy". This will copy the pixels inside of the selection and put them on a new layer.
  4. Select the Background layer in the Layer Panel.
  5. Use the Lasso Tool to select the second head.
  6. Right click on the photo and choose "Layer via Copy".
  7. Use the move tool to move the current active layer over the other face.
  8. Use Command T to resize the face to fit on the other person's face.
  9. Use the Eraser Tool to erase the edges of the face to help it blend in.
  10. Click on the other layer that has a face in the Layers Panel.
  11. Use the move tool to move the face on the other person's face.
  12. Use Command T to resize the face to fit.
  13. Use the Eraser Tool to erase the edges of the face to help it blend in.
  14. Save it as a JPG, and name it your last and first name when you're done.


Photoshop Collage

Your objective is to create a collage in Photoshop that represents you and your interests. Be creative and find great images to include into your collage.

Requirements
  • 20 images used. Images must be school appropriate! (Would you show it to your grandma?)
  • 10 images are cut out completely.
  • Creativity is shown through arrangement, size, and image blending
  • Entire document space is used.
Instructions
  1. 20 images downloaded from the Internet. Filter your search by size to get the largest sized images possible.
  2. Create a new Photoshop document (File > New) that is 8 inches by 10 inches (you choose if you want it tall or wide) with a resolution of 72.
  3. Open all of your other images in Photoshop and move them into the new document by using the Move Tool, clicking and holding on the image, dragging it to the tab of the new document, wait for it to change to that document, drag the mouse cursor into the new document, and then let go of the mouse button.
    Another option: Use command-A to select your image, command-C to copy it, and command-V to paste it into your new document.
  4. Resize and rotate by using Command-T and make sure you hold shift and drag a corner when resizing to maintain the aspect ratio!
  5. Position your images creatively.
  6. Use the Magic Wand or Quick Selection Tool to quickly select a white background and then erase it with the Eraser Tool. Remember to Deselect when you’re done with the selection!
  7. Use the Eraser Tool to have the images blend into each other or erase unwanted parts of the image.
  8. You must have 10 cut out images in your final collage.
  9. Save as a JPG and name it your last and first name when you’re done.


Selective Color

Photoshop Tutorials

What is due? Complete at least 2 tutorials.
Objective: Learn some new techniques in Photoshop from these tutorials.

While I'm gone on vacation, complete at least 2 of the following tutorials. You will learn new editing techniques or Photoshop tools from each tutorial. You will also learn how to read and follow an online tutorial. Feel free to use your own photos for the tutorials.

Shadows

Visual Puns

What is due? 2 visual puns.
Objective: Create two awesome visual puns in Photoshop by using images downloaded from the internet and combining them in unique and interesting ways. Each pun needs to use 3 images from the internet.

A visual pun is taking a word or compound word literally and creating a visual representation of it. For example, a pool table could be a table made out of a pool.

Instructions:
  1. Brainstorm ideas by searching the internet for visual puns, compound word lists, or use your own brain (highly suggest this last one!)
  2. Download 3 large photos from the internet to get a better quality visual pun.
  3. Combine the three images in Photoshop. Use a layer mask to hide a portion of a layer. Paint black with the brush tool on the layer mask to “cut” a hole in the layer. Paint white to fill in the hole.
  4. You can use selections to help you paint on the layer mask. 
  5. Rearrange the layers to have some things behind others.
  6. Use command t to resize, rotate, and warp (right click on the picture) to get the images to fit together.
  7. Save as a jpg.


Forced Perspective

What is due? 5 photos
Objective: Learn to pay attention to the background by creating humorous photos that change/alter the perspective of the viewer.

Take four photos that show different perspectives. Can you change which way is down? Can you make someone look really tiny or extremely large? How can your foreground element interact with the background?

Replace the Sky

Halloween Lenticular Image

What is due? 1 image which is made up of two photos.
Objectives: Learn how to use blending modes and clipping masks to create a Halloween image, and then learn how to create a lenticular image in Photoshop.

A lenticular image changes depending on the direction that you look at it. You will print out the image you create and fold it so the image changes as you view it from different angles. 

To create an interesting image, think about juxtaposition or what two things you can put together that show contrast in meaning or opposites.

Photography Steps:
  1. Come up with a plan or idea of what two images you want to make. Are you going to use the same image twice or take two separate images? Do you want to have a person's expression be different between the images? Do you want to have something appear that wasn't there before?
  2. Take the two photos. Use a tripod to keep the image's background steady between the two photos.

Photoshop Steps for Halloween Image:
  1. Experiment with the Liquify Tool in Photoshop to alter the shape or features of a person.
  2. Use the provided resources or download your own images to create your Halloween image. Please keep the image relatively gore-free!
  3. Use adjustment layers masked to specific ares to change color or saturation like making eyes red or black, or changing skin color, or saturation of skin.
  4. Use blending modes to blend in fake blood splatters or fake wounds (see image below left on where to change blending modes).
  5. Use clipping masks to edit specific layers to get colors of layers to match (see image below on how to clip an adjustment layer to the layer immediately below it).


Wanted Poster

  1. Take a portrait of a person with no modern things in the background. Be creative!
  2. Search and download a large texture from online.
  3. In Photoshop, move the texture photo into the document with the person.
  4. Change the blending mode to one that YOU like and adjust the opacity of the texture layer to get an effect that you like (see image on right).
  5. Add a layer mask to the texture layer and paint grey to soften areas of the texture.
  6. Add a title that says, “Wanted” and be sure to change font, font size, and color to make it fit the feel of the poster.
  7. Place a layer mask on the title to make it look like the title goes behind something in the photograph.
  8. Add at least 3 more lines of informational text.



If you finish early, make the edges of the poster look worn, burned, or cut. Use other textures, layer masks, or search the web on how to do it.


Diptych - What's in Your Bag

Lenses, Focal Lengths, & Apertures

What is due? Paper with the following answers on it.
Objective: Take photos with different lenses, focal lengths, and apertures and compare the effects of each.

Take headshots (shoulders and head) and the head needs to be the same size in each picture – very important! Make sure you focus on the eyes of the person. Use Aperture Priority Mode (AV) and double check that the ISO is on Auto. The background needs to be at least 20 feet away from the subject.
 
A kit zoom lens (18-55mm).
  • 1 picture using the shortest focal length and smallest f-stop. The f-stop is _____________.
  • 1 picture using the longest focal length and smallest f-stop. The f-stop is _____________.
 
A telephoto lens (70-200mm or 70-300mm)
  • 1 picture using the shortest focal length and smallest f-stop. The f-stop is _____________.
  • 1 picture using the longest focal length and smallest f-stop. The f-stop is _____________.
 
A wide angle lens (8mm or 10-18mm)
  • 1 picture using the shortest focal length and smallest f-stop. The f-stop is _____________.
 
A fixed lens (50mm)
  • 1 picture using the smallest f-stop.
The f-stop is _____________.
 
Questions
  1. What happens to the depth of field as the focal length increases?
  2. What happens to the amount of the background you can see as the focal length increases?
  3. Compare the fixed 50mm photo to the telephoto lens photos. Which one has more of the subject’s face in focus?
  4. How does the depth of field on a kit zoom lens and a fixed lens differ?
  5. What happens to the subject’s facial features as the focal length gets shorter?
  6. In your opinion, which lens takes the most flattering portrait?

​Textures

What is due? 8 photos
Objective: Learn to pay attention to your environment and photograph interesting textures.

A texture is an object's surface quality. To create interesting texture photos, you need to find interesting textures. Smooth textures do not make the most interesting photos. Use the macro mode or aperture priority mode to control the f-stop and create a shallow depth of field. Also, changing your perspective might be a desirable way to show the texture and create depth. If the lighting is even which makes the texture look flat, create your own shadows by using your phone's light and move it to an angle of the texture.

​Alphabet Photography

What is due? 1 image that spells your name.
Objective: Students will practice seeing their surroundings in a different way.

  1. Find the letters of your first and last name and take pictures of them. Upload them on to the computer.
  2. Create a new Photoshop document by clicking File>New.
  3. Make the document’s width 10 inches, height 8 inches, and resolution of 300 dpi.
  4. Open all your alphabet pictures in Photoshop.
  5. Crop the pictures that need cropping (shortcut = c). Be sure to keep the aspect ratio the same
    by holding shift!
  6. Click on the move tool (shortcut = v).
  7. Click and hold the mouse button on the picture as you drag the picture into your empty
    document.
  8. Click Edit > Transform > Scale to make it smaller (shortcut = cmd t) and hold shift while
    scaling the picture smaller.
  9. Click Edit > Transform > Rotate if you need to rotate it.
  10. Repeat with all the pictures.
  11. Save it as your name and make sure the format is a JPG. 


Multiplicity

What is due? 1 scene and each scene is made up of at least 7 photos.
Objective: Students will learn how selections are used with layer masks and practice thinking creatively to come up with an interesting scene.

Your goal is to create a seamless image in which the same person appears at least seven times and overlaps him/herself at least three times. You will need to get in a group of 2-3. No more than that! You will each do your own multiplicity scene.

Photographing
  1. You will need a tripod, camera, and a good idea. Find a location around the school (inside or outside). Location is key to making this look good. Think about the depth of the scene and where the figures will be. Your main person needs to overlap at least three times.
  2. Consider the point of view. Will you shoot from above, down below, or eye level?
  3. Mount the camera securely on the tripod.
  4. Turn off the flash or put the camera in no flash auto mode.
  5. Pose the figures and take the photographs (no overlapping in the same picture).
  6. Make sure your photographs are in focus!
  7. Return to class.


Layer Mask icon
Photoshop
  1. Open your images in Photoshop.
  2. Select one image as your master (I recommend using the photograph that has the person furthest from the camera).
  3. Move all the photographs into your master document.
  4. Use the Quick Selection Tool to select your people.
  5. Create a layer mask by clicking on the add mask button at the bottom of the layers panel.
  6. Use the brush tool to paint black and white on the layer mask to clean up the edges.
  7. Make sure you show any shadows or reflections to add to the realism of the scene.
  8. When you have one person in the image at least 7 times you are done!

Watch out for: Visible layer edges. Use a soft brush to fix any hard/visible edges by painting black or white on the layer mask.


Typography Poster

Posing Practice

What is due? 6 photos (2 wide, 2 medium, and 2 close up).
Objective: Students will practice posing for portraits and also practice taking wide, medium, and close up photos.

Great poses for photography can be difficult. However, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help the photography pose the subject with confidence and get the look you want. Here are a few articles that can help you begin with posing: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3. Also, feel free to use Pinterest to find poses that you like, but analyze the pose so you know what it is that you like about it and can make it your own.

Wide photo photos will show the entire body of the subject and the environment in which the portrait was taken. Medium portraits will show most of the models body but will cut off mid-calf or mid-thigh. Avoid cropping people off at the joints (ankles, knees, waist, elbows, or neck) because this will give the impression of the subject being an amputee. Close up portraits will be show the tops of the shoulders and head. Close up portraits might even crop out the top of the head as long as it isn't cropped off at the hairline.

​Studio Portraits

 What is due? 4 portraits.
Objective: Learn the four 1-light setups for studio portraits.

Use the posing techniques you learned for the natural light portraits to pose your model and take 4 portraits. These should be medium shots or head shots. At least 1 of the portraits should be vertical so you can do the next in-class assignment (magazine cover).

​Below are the four 1-light setups you will need to recreate with one of the studio lights.
Split Lighting: The light is to the side and fairly level to the subject's face, which causes one side to be lit up and the other side to be in shadow.


Rembrandt Lighting: The light is at a slight angle to the side and up a bit from the subject's face, which allows some light to spill over the bridge of the nose to create a triangle of light on the cheek. The key to this is to get the nose shadow connected to the jaw shadow.

That triangle of light was a technique for light that Rembrandt used in his paintings.


Loop Lighting: The light is to the front, up a little higher and slightly to the side of the subject's face. This will cast a small loop shaped shadow from the nose.


Butterfly Lighting: The light is in front and higher than the subject's face. This will cast a little shadow under the nose that resembles a butterfly. Be careful that the light isn't too close to the subject's face so the eyebrows cast shadows on the eyes.


​Magazine Cover

What is due? 1 image.
Objective: Learn about typography and design in combination with a photo.

Create a magazine cover from 1 of your studio portraits. Use the Type Tool in Photoshop and use a good color scheme that matches the photo. You can use color.adobe.com to help you pick out a good color scheme for the text.

Magazine cover requirements:
  • Magazine title (masked to go behind the person's head)
  • Main story
  • 4 sub story
  • At least 2 shapes or graphics

Here are some principles of graphic design to help you:
  • Contrast - use contrasting colors or different sizes to make something stand out. The biggest thing is the most important thing (hierarchy). Portrait is the biggest, then magazine title, then main story, then all sub stories are the same size.
  • Repetition - repeat colors or shapes to make the design feel more professional.
  • Alignment - make sure text elements are lined up vertically and horizontally.
  • Proximity - Related things should be closer together to help unite them.

Product Photos

What is due? 5 photos.
Objectives: Learn to look how light is shaping a product. Learn how to photograph a product to make it interesting.

Your goal is to take 5 photos of 1 item. Each photo needs show different elements of the product. 1 photo might show the entire product, while the other 4 will show different angles or details of the product. Also, change the lights and experiment to see how moving the lights will shape the product differently or highlight different parts of the product.

Christmas Card

Abstract Photography

Brushtacular

What is due? 1 image.
Objective: Learn how to use and control custom Photoshop brushes.

Your goal is to create an image manipulation that has colorful brushes which interacts with the person.

Photographing
  1. Find a plain or simple background.
  2. Subject needs to pose in a dynamic way.
  3. Take the picture of someone. Full body shot (head to feet). 

Photoshop File
  1. Download brushes from myphotoshopbrushes.com that you will use for your photo manipulation.
  2. Go to your downloads folder, double click on the zipped file to unzip it. Then double click on the .abr file to load it into Photoshop.
  3. Create a new document (File > New) and make it 10 inches wide and 8 inches tall with 300 for the
    resolution.
  4. Fill the background with black or white by clicking Edit > Fill and changing the “Use” to black.
  5. Create two new layers. Name the top one “Colors” and the middle one “Brush.”
  6. Fill the “Colors” layer with the colors that you want to eventually show up on your new brushes.
  7. Change the “Colors” layer to Color Dodge for the blending mode (at the top of the layers palette).

Cutting Out the Person
  1. Open the picture of the person in Photoshop and move that picture into the new document. Resize the person to fit (command t). Make sure the layer of the person is on top of all the other layers.
  2. Use the Polygonal Selection Tool or the Lasso Selection Tool to select the person. Do a good job. Take your time to get nice, crisp edges. 
  3. Once you have the selection create a layer mask. 

Create the Brushtacular! 
  1. Paint on the “Brush” layer using the brush tool and the cool brushes you downloaded earlier. Make sure you paint with the opposite color than what you have on the background.
  2. Make your Brushtacular image manipulation look awesome with the colors and different brushes. Be creative! 


Points will be lost if the layer mask of the person isn’t awesomely perfect and the person doesn’t interact with the brushes.


​Photoshop Silhouette

HDR Effect in Photoshop

What is due? 5 images.
Objective: Learn a new editing technique that mimics an HDR look.

  1. Rename your background layer to ORIGINAL.
  2. Duplicate the ORIGINAL layer by right clicking on the ORIGINAL layer and selecting duplicate.
  3. Rename that duplicated layer to BLACK AND WHITE.
  4. Change the blending mode of BLACK AND WHITE to Overlay.
  5. Click Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (shift + command + u) to make it black and white.
  6. Invert the BLACK AND WHITE layer by clicking Image > Adjustments > Invert (command + i).
  7. Add a gaussian blur to it by clicking Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Change it to something around 40 pixels (This causes the edges to look like their bleeding or glowing. Adjust the amount to your liking.).
  8. Duplicate the ORIGINAL layer and place it above BLACK AND WHITE. Rename it LINEAR.
  9. Change the blending mode of LINEAR to Linear Light.
  10. Change the LINEAR layer’s opacity to about 60% (Experiment 
  11. with different percentages to get what you like).
  12. Save as a jpg named last name, first name.


What is due? 4 photos.
Objective: Learn how layer masks work with adjustment layers.

This is often called "selective coloring." You need to take 4 photos that have a colorful subject that has a solid shape (trees would be very difficult!). Please no photos of posters, artwork, or other flat things!

Photoshop Instructions:
  1. Open the photo in Photoshop.
  2. Add the Black and White adjustment layer.
  3. With the brush tool, paint black on the layer mask to "cut" a hole in the black and white adjustment layer, which will show the color of the background layer underneath. If you make a mistake, switch to paint with white to "fill in" the hole.
  4. Use the appropriate size brush and hardness to do a very good job painting around the edge of the colorful object.
What is due? 4 photos.
Objective: Learn to see the different types of natural light by focusing on the shadows.

You need to take 4 photos that show interesting shadows which are caused by natural light. These photos can be abstract or not. They don't need to show the thing that casts the shadow. Explore the different types of light by looking at harsh shadows that are cast from direct light (sunshine) or soft shadows that are cast from indirect light (shade or overcast day). Also, pay attention to shapes as this will give you more interesting shadows.
What is due? 1 image that we create together, and 2 images you do on your own.
Objective: Learn about selection tools and how to refine layer masks.

Photoshop Steps:​
1. Select the sky you want to replace by using the Quick Selection Tool or Magic Wand Tool.
2. Create a layer mask by clicking the Add Layer Mask Button.
3. Invert the Layer Mask by double clicking on the mask and then scroll down to click Invert.
4. Clean up the mask by painting black or white with the brush tool.
5. Move in a new sky and change the layer order so the new sky is under the foreground image.
6. Press Command T to resize the rotate the sky, if necessary.



Photoshop Instructions to create the Lenticular Image:
  1. Open a JPG version of the original image and a JPG version of the edited image (it cannot have any layers beside the background layer).
  2. Select the Crop Tool and change the options on the options bar to be 5 in in the first box, nothing in the second box, and 300 in the third box (see screen shot on the right).
  3. Make the crop rectangle cover your image and crop it.
  4. Crop the second image the same way.
  5. Create a new blank Photoshop Document by clicking File > New.
  6. Make the new document 10 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall, and have a resolution of 300 (see screen shot on the right).
  7. Move both images into the new document and line them up with the left edge of the document and center them vertically.
  8. Press Command R to show the rulers for the document.
  9. Drag a guide from the left side of the document by clicking on the ruler and drag it to the 1" horizontal mark. Repeat until you have a guide on 1", 2", 3", 4", and 5" (see screen shot below).

Instructions continued below image...
Step 2 Image: Crop Tool settings
Step 6 Image: New document settings
Step 9 Image: Guides along the inch marks
10. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a selection of the first inch of the image from top to bottom.

11. Right click inside the selection and choose "Layer Via Cut" (see screenshot to the right).

12. Select the layer that has the image you are cutting.

13. Draw a new selection with the Rectangular Marquee Tool between inch 1 and 2 and cut that to a new layer by right clicking and choosing "Layer Via Cut".

14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 but select the different inch segments of the image until you have cut apart the original image.

15. Hide all the layers with the slices and repeat steps 12 and 13 for the other layer that has the full image on it until that layer has been cut apart (see screenshot to the right and below on how you layers will be).

16. Use the Move Tool to move the layers so they don't overlap and the image alternates between the two layers that you cut up. The slices should go Image 1, Image 2, Image 1, Image 2,... (see screen shot below).

​Hold shift as you move the layers to keep them lined up horizontally. The purple canvas guides that automatically pop up will help you keep the spacing the same as you move the layers.

17. Save and turn in the image as a JPG.

18. Click File > Print and then choose the printer that ends in "Color" and click "Print".

19. Grab you paper from the printer, cut off the white, and carefully fold the image like an accordion to achieve the lenticular effect.

Step 11 Image: Right click and select Layer Via Cut
Step 15 Image: Layers panel
Step 16 Image: layers positioned in alternating pattern
What is due? 1 image.
Objective: Learn about the type tool in Photoshop and how to download and install fonts.

Use the Type Tool in Photoshop to create an typographic poster. Experiment with fonts, color, size, and effects to create the mood you desire for your image.
Example of a wide photo by Dani Diamond.
Example of a medium photo by Dani Diamond.
Example of a close up photo by Filip Gorski.
What is due? 1 Christmas or graduation card.
Objective: Learn to use custom Photoshop brushes.

Your goal is to create an interesting Christmas or graduation card. You may use your own photo(s) for it or download some photos to use. Feel free to seek inspiration online at a website like tinyprints.com. You can download Photoshop brushes from myphotoshopbrushes.com. After you download the brush, unzip it in your download folder. In Photoshop, click on the brush tool, then click on the box where you change the size, then click on the gear icon, click on "Load Brushes..." Navigate to your downloads folder to find the brushes you downloaded. After you load it, you will find the brushes at the bottom of the list of brushes.

Photoshop Requirements:
  • Create a new Photoshop document that is 4x6 or 5x7. You can choose the orientation (vertical or horizontal).
  • Use at least 1 photo.
  • Have at least 2 different levels of text.
  • Use at least 3 Photoshop brushes.
What is due? 25 photos.
Objective: Use the elements of art to create abstract photos.

Abstract photography concentrates on line, shape, color, form, and texture. The viewer is often unable to see the whole object with the focus on only a small part of it. You can also see it as an image that does not have an immediate association with the object world.
 
Color – take five photos that show color as the main focus of the image. An element of art with three properties: (1) hue or tint, is the color name, e.g., red, yellow, blue, etc.: (2) saturation, is the purity and strength of a color, e.g., bright red or dull red; and (3) value, is the lightness or darkness of a color.
 
Line – take five photos that show at least one type of line. Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight or ruled, curved, bent, angular, thin, thick or wide, or interrupted (dotted, dashed, broken, etc.).
 
Shape – take five photos that have a shape as the main subject. Shapes are two-dimensional. Examples of shapes include: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, etc
 
Form – take five photos that show a three-dimensional form. Forms are three-dimensional (height, width, and depth) and enclose a volume. For example, a triangle, which is two-dimensional, is a shape, but a pyramid is a form.
 
Texture – take five photos that display a good use of texture. Texture is the surface quality or "feel" of an object, its smoothness, roughness, softness, etc.
What is due? 2 images.
Objective: Learn about juxtaposition to create an interesting image.

Create an interesting image by combining two photos. Use any method you've learned in Photoshop to create a silhouette of an object or person that shows the second photo. To make it interesting, the silhouette should be an interesting shape and the photo you insert should use juxtaposition. Juxtaposition is when two things are placed close together with contrasting effect. Think of putting opposites next to each other.

I’m not sure if I’ve conveyed how much I love this photo series, so let me say it now… I LOVE IT!!! And have I mentioned it’s free? Amazing!

My first two posts documented my experiences learning about the roles of shutter speed and ISO in the photo exposure process. The third and final exercise in the introductory section of the 31 Days to a Better Photo series focuses on depth of field… Get it? Pun was totally not intended, honestly.

For this assignment my subject was a thrilling and wildly exciting fence post. Let’s dig in, shall we.

The assignment…

1. Set camera to aperture priority mode
2. Open the aperture fully and take a pic
3. Move to the next largest aperture and take a pic

Note: it is recommended to do this exercise using a tripod so the subject remains on the same plain for reach shot.

Note Note: I didn’t use a tripod 🙂 But, I did brace myself on the large pillar at the end of the fence. Would that be called a human tripod?

The test shots…

F/3.5 (the largest aperture setting on my kit lens),1/1600 sec, ISO 200

F/4, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200

F/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 200

F/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

F/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 200

F/16, 1/100 sec, ISO 200

F/22, 1/60 sec, ISO 250

Final thoughts…

Though my kit lens doesn’t stop down to an extremely large aperture, it does produce a nice background blur (or bokeh as I’ve recently learned). I really like the bokeh at the larger apertures. Then, as my aperture got smaller more of the background came into focus until F/22 where everything in the image is pretty well in focus. It was also interesting to see the shutter speed slow down by almost half in most of the photos as the aperture got smaller, while the ISO remained constant until the final photo where it increased slightly.

Depth of field is a new concept to me. Having always used a point and shoot camera, I have never been able to achieve this look in my photos. Since getting my camera last year, I’ve played with depth of field a LOT, perhaps too much, but oh well.

Next, we learn about exposure compensation and in-camera metering. Two things I know absolutely nothing about. Then, I think we’re given a little solo assignment where we have to go out and shoot some stuff using what we’ve learned in manual mode.

Until next time…

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